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Ricardo flies Ryanair: Strategic human resource management and competitive advantage in a Single European Aviation Market

Geriant Harvey, Peter Turnbull

Human Resource Management Journal, Volume: 30, Issue: 4, Pages: 553 - 565

Swansea University Author: Geriant Harvey

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Abstract

How and why are some firms, such as Ryanair, able to consistently record industry-leading profitability that sustains a competitive advantage over their rivals? HRM plays a critical role in four widely recognised profit-generating mechanisms, albeit not always in ways predicted by mainstream strateg...

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Published in: Human Resource Management Journal
ISSN: 0954-5395 1748-8583
Published: Wiley 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa54747
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Abstract: How and why are some firms, such as Ryanair, able to consistently record industry-leading profitability that sustains a competitive advantage over their rivals? HRM plays a critical role in four widely recognised profit-generating mechanisms, albeit not always in ways predicted by mainstream strategic HRM. Studies of HRMperformance grounded in the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm invariably focus on the human resources already controlled by the firm – specifically, resources that are rare, inimitable, non-substitutable and can be exploited through organisation (RINO) – rather than strategic factor markets (SFMs) where firms acquire their human resources. In doing so, these studies overlook the industrial relations and wider institutional context that might variously promote, permit or preclude particular HR policies and practices. It is only when different profit-generating mechanisms, either in isolation or combination, are activated under the auspicious conditions of a particular time and place that HRM contributes to sustained competitive advantage.
Keywords: Competitive advantage; industrial relations; RBV; strategic HRM; economic rent; strategic factor markets
College: School of Management
Issue: 4
Start Page: 553
End Page: 565